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Gender, Sexualities and Culture in Asia

Sexual Identity and Lesbian Family Life

Lesbianism, Patriarchalism and the Asian Family in Taiwan

Authors: Pai, Iris Erh-Ya

  • Analyses lesbianism in the context of Chinese familialism and patrichalismReviews the dramatic transformations that have profoundly changed women’s position within the family structure in the context of contemporary Taiwan
  • Offers a major study on Taiwan’s lesbian family life, of interest both for scholars from Taiwan and LGBT studies across Asia
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About this book

This new book illustrates how Taiwanese lesbians negotiate their lives outside patriarchal families, while seeking varying ways to maintain working relationships with their families of origin, as their notion of family distinguishes them from same sex couples in other countries. This ambivalence has a strong influence on their relational decisions as they deal with contradictions between family ties, filial piety and lesbianism.

Based on individual and couple interviews with self-identified lesbian couples in stable relationships, the book offers vivid narratives of different ways in which Taiwanese lesbians have been able to make sense of their families without recognition by legislation or their families of origin.

Specific issues in Taiwan raised in the book challenge the taken-for-granted understandings of same-sex relationships and review the dramatic transformations that have profoundly changed womens' position. It also offers a sensitive analysis of GLBT issues and heteronormativity, arguing that Chinese familialism can cohabite with lesbianism in the context of contemporary Taiwan.


About the authors

Iris Erh-Ya Pai holds a PhD in Women’s Studies from the University of York, UK, She is currently Adjunct Associate Professor, Center for Holistic education, Mackay Medical College, Taipei, Taiwan.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Women in Taiwanese Families: A Personal History

    Pai, Iris Erh-Ya

    Pages 1-44

  • Western Theories on Same-Sex Intimacies

    Pai, Iris Erh-Ya

    Pages 45-72

  • Methodology

    Pai, Iris Erh-Ya

    Pages 73-100

  • Individual Sexual Stories

    Pai, Iris Erh-Ya

    Pages 101-146

  • Lesbian Daughters in Their Families

    Pai, Iris Erh-Ya

    Pages 147-176

Buy this book

eBook £59.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-981-10-4005-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £74.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-981-10-4004-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Sexual Identity and Lesbian Family Life
Book Subtitle
Lesbianism, Patriarchalism and the Asian Family in Taiwan
Authors
Series Title
Gender, Sexualities and Culture in Asia
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-981-10-4005-4
DOI
10.1007/978-981-10-4005-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-10-4004-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 285
Number of Illustrations and Tables
2 b/w illustrations
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